Initiales/La revue : Pierre Klossowski

Monday, April 10, 2017, at 07 PM, Free admission


Directed by Claire Moulène and Emmanuel Tibloux: listen to the lecture on France Culture Plus

With the participation of:
-    Emmanuel Tibloux, director of publication
-    Claire Moulène, editor-in-chief
-    Jérôme Mauche, editor-in-chief for this issue
-    Marie-Mam Sai Bellier, Marine Stephan, graphic designers
And a performance by Romain Gandolphe.

This Initiales PK (Initials PK), for Pierre Klossowski, probably takes the shape of the portrait of a Russian doll even more than in previous editions. Here the thousand faces of Pierre Klossowski are set amongst the intertwining texts and images: of German birth in 1905, he died a Parisian in 2001; a seminarian in Lyon during the Occupation, he published Sade mon prochain (Sade my neighbour) in 1947; a translator (of Hölderlin, Nietzsche or Rilke) and a novelist, essayist, scriptwriter and even actor (for Bresson); and finally a painter, or rather a cartoonist when he decided, at the turn of the 80s to give up writing in order to devote himself to his coloured crayons. Above all, this 9th edition of Initiales is the opportunity to rediscover over the pages some of the key characters of the Klossowskian universe: Roberte of course, to whom the trilogy Les Lois de l'hospitalité (The laws of hospitality), and even more, is dedicated, or the young Ogier de Beauséant who lends his features to Baphomet, written in 1965 but which PK will meet on several occasions, in an assumed chronological confusion.
As said by the writer and film-maker Alain Fleischer, who dedicated three films and a book to the facets of Pierre Klossowski’s work: “PK was interested in the plasticity of the beings he met, projecting the contours that he wanted to see in them, and, as if trying on a costume that he had ready for them, each new comer was unknowingly made to try out the role left by another, on the stage of the permanent theatre of fictions and Klossowskian visions.”

It is this story of a living picture, of doubles and pretence that we are told by the art historians Marie de Brugerolle, Marie Canet and Catherine Grenier, the psychoanalyst Hervé Castanet, the curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, the writer Danielle Mémoire and the artists Pauline Bastard, Denis Savary, Julien Carreyn, Adélaïde Feriot or Ed Atkins amongst others.

Initiales PK is the ninth issue of revue Initiales.
This issue was supported by :
Boesner France
La Manufacture d'Histoires Deux-Ponts
RISO France
With the support of Ars Ultima - Stein & Guillot art foundation, sponsor.
Graphic design for this issue:
Marie-Mam Sai Bellier, Marine Stephan.
Upcoming, April 2017


Photo Gallery - Slideshow

Initiales/La revue : Pierre Klossowski's launch
Initiales/La revue : Pierre Klossowski's launch
Lancement d'Initiales/La revue : Pierre Klossowski
Romain Gandolphe's performance

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